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Are Women Really the Fairer Sex? Corruption and Women in Government

David Dollar, Raymond Fisman, & Roberta Gatti

Numerous behavioral studies have found women to be more trust-worthy and public-spirited than men. These studies suggest that women should be particularly effective in promoting honest government. This paper attempts to evaluate this hypothesis by examining the relationship between female participation in government legislatures and the level of perceived corruption in a sample of more than 100 countries. Consistent with the hypothesis, this paper finds that the greater the representation of women in parliament, the lower the level of corruption.